By Charles G. Gross
Neuroscientist Charles Gross has been attracted to the historical past of his box due to the fact that his days as an undergraduate. A gap within the Head is the second one number of essays within which he illuminates the research of the mind with interesting episodes from the previous. This volume's stories diversity from the historical past of trepanation (drilling a gap within the cranium) to neurosurgery as painted by means of Hieronymus Bosch to the invention that bats navigate utilizing echolocation.
The emphasis is on blind alleys and error in addition to triumphs and discoveries, with old practices attached to fresh advancements and controversies. Gross first reaches again into the beginnings of neuroscience, then takes up the interplay of artwork and neuroscience, exploring, between different issues, Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson" work, and eventually, examines discoveries by means of scientists whose paintings was once scorned of their personal time yet confirmed right in later eras.
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3 Mapping of connectivity with strychnine neuronography. The image on the top left shows the surface of the chimpanzee cortex, indicating the extent and location of functional subdivisions of the sensory cortex of the arm, numbered as bands II through X, and adjacent bands I and XI. The diagram on the top right shows a summary of the functional (and anatomical) relations detected with strychnine neuronography between cortical bands I through XI. “Anterior border” and “posterior border” mark the limits of sensory cortex, and “F CE” marks the ﬁssura centralis (also called the Rolandic ﬁssure).
9 In a very large social group, perhaps as large as the entire human population, it is often possible to connect two individuals via surprisingly short paths of contact or 18 Chapter 2 acquaintanceship—the world of social relationships is a “small world,” much smaller than might be expected given the size of the social network. The problem was ﬁrst treated mathematically in a draft paper that was widely circulated for two decades before ﬁnally being published in the inaugural issue of the journal Social Networks (Pool and Kochen, 1978).
One of the drawbacks of CSEM is that it does not explicitly model neural time series or temporal changes in experimental context (Stephan, 2004). , 2003; Stephan and Friston, 2007). 4). This inference is carried out by a comparison of neuronal models that include structural and biophysical parameters describing neural populations and their interactions, as well as a hemodynamic mechanism for the generation of fMRI signals. DCM identiﬁes distributions of parameters that can account for observed fMRI data, and DCM also selects the model that describes the data most accurately and most parsimoniously by quantifying the model evidence.
A Hole in the Head: More Tales in the History of Neuroscience by Charles G. Gross